Service, Citizenship and Social Justice
*** GC2 is FREE to all UCT students ***
*** Participation in previous short courses is not required ***
Students who are interested in taking part in addressing the needs of marginalized communities, as well as engaging critically with the concepts of citizenship and social justice are invited to join the GC2 short course!
GC2: Service, Citizenship and Social Justice consists of two parts: a community service component (10 hours) and a learning component where you will discuss and reflect on this experience with other students. Your learning will take place in both face-to-face group sessions, in the Vula online environment, and out in the field, involved with the community of your choosing.
The face-to-face and online learning will enable you to engage with fellow students committed to and interested in playing a citizenship role through voluntary community service.
Why should I attend?
If you fully complete the course it will appear on your transcript as a short course (non credit-bearing).
To get the course recognised on your UCT transcript, you will need to:
- Attend 80% of class activities
- Do the 10 hours of service
- Complete the required online activities (4 short blogs)
- Submit a final reflective essay
- 8 x 2-hour class sessions on campus (one per week) which take place from February through to May. See calendar for dates & themes.
- Classes run from 5pm-7pm on Tuesday evenings.
- You are required to do online work on Vula outside of class sessions.
- You are required to do 10 hours of self-organised community service (either through on-campus organisations e.g. SHAWCO, Ubunye, Golden Futures, or an off-campus organisation of your choosing).
Weekly topics and themes
- Self & Service: Why do I volunteer? What motivates me? What is ‘experiential learning’ and how can this tool help me in my learning?
- Power & Privilege: What is our effect when entering a community? Who benefits from 'community service'? Are we cognizant of power dynamics when considering and enacting charity or community engagement?
- Community in Context: Do impoverished, marginalized communities have agency? How does that agency manifest itself? Is it addressed and valued in our service?
- Paradigms & Perspectives: Is community service ultimately helpful, or harmful? Is it necessary, or should communities build and develop themselves?
- Progress & Development: What is your defintion of 'progress'? What does 'development' look like? What are we devloping towards? Whose idea of a 'developed country' are we adopting?
- Digital Activism & Social Media: What are different approaches taken to affect change in our society? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches? Ultimately, what is your approach regarding social movements?
- Sustaining insights: What have I learnt about myself, about service, about being a citizen? And how might I take these forward into new service experiences?
- Active Citizenship: What is an active citizen? Are there certain benchmarks and qualifiers to be an 'active citizen'?
- Time spent on course per week:
- 2 hour class
- 1-2 hours online learning tasks (blogs, prep work, readings)
- An additional 10 hours, in total, of community work
- Time spent on course per week: